Variety reports that WarnerMedia is putting together a streaming series based on the Jake Adelstein non-fiction novel Toyko Vice with Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver) starring as the series lead and director Destin Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi, Short Term 12) involved as well.

WarnerMedia’s streaming service has given a straight-to-series order to the drama “Tokyo Vice” starring Ansel Elgort, Variety has learned.

The series is based on based on Jake Adelstein’s non-fiction book of the same name, which is a first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat. Elgort will star as Jake Adelstein, an American journalist who embeds himself into the Tokyo Vice police squad to reveal corruption. The series will chronicle Jake’s daily descent into the neon soaked underbelly of Tokyo, where nothing, and no one is truly what or who they seem.

The series has received a 10-episode order. J.T. Rogers will write the adaptation with Destin Daniel Cretton directing. John Lesher, Emily Gerson Saines, and Elgort will serve as executive producers. Endeavor Content will serve as the studio.

How this project will impact Marvel Studios’ Asian lead superhero film Shang-Chi or speak to when the project ultimately shoots remains to be seen given we don’t have production dates for Tokyo Vice or know how many episodes Cretton will be ultimately committed to. We’ve seen recently with directors such as Ridley Scott (Raised By Wolves) and Taika Waititi (The Mandalorian, What We Do In The Shadows) tackle television episodes while in prep/post-production stages on varied sized studio films.

However, there is a good chance this could go first.

A Gremlins animated series is also in the works for the streaming service and Vice sounds certainly like an appealing drama series.

Ansel Elgort will be busy this summer with Steven Spielberg’s remake of the hit musical West Side Story, which is set for release on December 18th, 2020 going to head-to-head with Tom Holland’s video game flick Uncharted.


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